Healthy food swaps

Small changes can make a big difference to the foods and drinks in your early childhood service.

Try swapping some ingredients or meals on your menu for these healthier alternatives, to make the foods and drinks available more nutritious for young children. 

SWAP THESE FOODS... ...FOR THESE HEALTHIER OPTIONS
Salami, kabana, Strasburg,
Devon or middle bacon

            

   Lean ham

Canned fish in spring water

 

 

 

Sliced chicken or turkey breast

Sausages and sausage mince,
frankfurts and hot dogs

Lean burgers

Lean beef or lamb mince


    Lean beef
Sausage rolls and pies 


Baked beans on toast

Mini pizza faces

Toasted sandwiches

Jelly

Fruit yoghurt

 

 

Fruit platter

 

 

 

 

Canned fruit or custard

Chips

Plain popcorn

Baked pita wedges

 
Cakes and sweet biscuits 

Fruit toast with ricotta and berries

Pikelets

Wholemeal muffins

Potato gems

Jacket potatoes

Sweet corn

Falafel

Ice cream and icy poles

Frozen fruit pieces

Fruit smoothies

Fruit yoghurt

Juice or cordial

 

Water

Plain milk

 
Cream, sour cream or coconut cream

Reduced fat coconut milk

Evaporated milk

 

 

Ricotta cheese or natural yoghurt

Butter, CophaTM, ghee or lard

Mono- or poly-unsaturated oil 

 

Margarine